Lead is a heavy metal that can be made into a tape - also known as lead tape. Lead tape can be used to add small increments of weight to your pickleball paddle, which will generally result in a heavier paddle swing and a bit more power, or pop, when striking the pickleball.
A four-inch strip of quarter-inch-wide lead tape weighs about 1 gram (and, to note, to add more weight (there is no restriction on paddle weight), layer additional four-inch strips on top of each other). However, where you place the lead tape produces different effects:
Whether or not to add lead tape to a pickleball paddle, as well as placement and how much to add, is a personal preference for each pickleball player. However, if you decide to use lead tape, remember to be careful, as there is a slight risk that lead particles could be released when handling, applying, and removing lead tape. Consider covering the lead tape with edge guard tape after application, and always handle, apply, and remove the lead tape away from your face. Also, consider using gloves to handle, apply, and remove the lead tape, as well as wash your hands immediately after.
Have you considered adding lead tape to your pickleball paddle? Test it out and see it makes a difference in your game - and remember to be careful when handling!
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